The world is currently experiencing a massive strain on supply chains and the congestions in ports worldwide is continually in the news. With more than 80 percent of all goods worldwide being transported by ships, fast and efficient loading and unloading of containers in terminals is critical. For more than a decade ABB has been providing solutions for these operations to be done remotely, in the safety and comfort of a control room, not high above in a cramped crane, with increased efficiency.
Automation and remote control solutions from ABB are helping container terminal operators worldwide bringing consistency, reliability and predictability to their operations.
Container terminals have to cope with constantly changing arrival schedules and huge variation in container volumes. Crane operators moving these massive containers need to be skilled in operating multiple ship types and ship setups, different weather conditions, and always at efficient speeds. Keep in mind they move 40 feet containers weighing up to 40 tons, under constant time pressure to keep the shipping schedules. By combining automation with remote operation, crane operators can make the move by a push of a button. And they can do it consistently, significantly increasing productivity over time.
Automation assists crane operators to provide consistent service with less impact on operator experience and proficiency. And remote operation provides multiple camera views that improve operator performance significantly with better overview and close-ups compared to the naked eye.
In addition, ABB’s crane simulator helps bring drivers up to speed more quickly. Similar to a pilot training to fly a new plane, ABB’s crane simulator trains crane operators in a safe and realistic environment, making them ready for real operation faster, and to be able to operate from a remote site, which brings greater safety and efficiency. High-fidelity simulation models recreate a real operator experience. The simulator creates a safe training environment with no risk for accidents and damage to equipment or goods. And by using the simulator for training, real cranes remain available for productive use.
- Enhanced work environment for operators
- Increased productivity through automation
- Multiple cameras provide superior views
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